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black-headed gull

any of several gulls having a dusky or black head, as Larus ribidundus of northern Europe and Asia.
Origin of black-headed gull
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then there are the two small species, the common and the black-headed gull.

    The Land's End W. H. Hudson
  • The black-headed gull is by far the commonest of these winter visitors.

    Birds in Flight W. P. Pycraft
  • How do you know which is the black-headed gull in the summer months?

    On the Seashore

    R. Cadwallader Smith
  • Owing to the great diversity of its haunts the black-headed gull is almost omnivorous in its diet.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • The black-headed gull derives its name from the black patch on its head, which, however only appears during the breeding season.

    The Swan and Her Crew George Christopher Davies
  • Hoveton little Broad is a breeding-place of the black-headed gull, which nest here in great numbers.

    Yachting Vol. 2 Various.
  • The black-headed gull entirely loses the black colour on the head during winter.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
  • This is especially the case with the black-headed gull, and the various species of Terns.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • Another bird which is an enemy to both salmon and trout in their fry stage is the black-headed gull.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • We have already described the colonies of the black-headed gull in previous works, so that but few details are needed here.

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